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作者 Schrad, Mark Lawrence
書名 The political power of bad ideas : networks, institutions, and the global prohibition wave / Mark Lawrence Schrad
出版項 New York : Oxford University Press, c2010
國際標準書號 9780195391237 (hbk.)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 人文社會聯圖  JF1525.P6 S37 2010    在架上    30650020027807
說明 ix, 302 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
附註 Includes bibliographical references and index
The transnational temperance network -- American prohibition reconsidered -- Avoiding the prohibition pitfall in Sweden -- The surprising rise and tenacity of Russian prohibition -- International influences on national alcohol policy making -- Transnational activism and national policy making
In The Political Power of Bad Ideas, Mark Schrad looks on an oddity of modern history-the broad diffusion of temperance legislation in the early twentieth century-to make a broad argument about how bad policy ideas achieve international success. His root question is this: how could a bad policy idea-one that was widely recognized by experts as bad before adoption, and which ultimately failed everywhere-come to be adopted throughout the world? To answer it, Schrad uses an institutionalist approach, and focuses in particular on the US, Russia/USSR (ironically, one of the only laws the Soviets kept on the books was the Tsarist temperance law), and Sweden. Conventional wisdom, based largely on the U.S. experience, blames evangelical zealots for the success of the temperance movement. Yet as Schrad shows, "prohibition was adopted in ten countries other than the United States, as well as countless colonial possessions-all with similar disastrous consequences, and in every case followed by repeal." Schrad focuses on the dynamic interaction of ideas and political institutions, tracing the process through which concepts of dubious merit gain momentum and achieve credibility as they wend their way through institutional structures. And while he focuses on one episode, his historical argument applies far more broadly, and even can tell us a great deal about how today's policy failures, such as reasons proffered for invading Iraq, became acceptable
主題 Policy sciences -- Case studies
Culture diffusion -- Political aspects -- Case studies
Globalization -- Case studies
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